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14 Free Wi-Fi Hacks for When You Are Desperate for Internet

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
August 02, 2016 · 121k Views

Last minute deadline? Time to kill between appointments? Document need to be emailed while you’re out and about? There are some circumstances where your phone’s internet just doesn’t cut it. Unfortunately, when you’re on the go, good Wi-Fi seems hard to come by without paying for it.That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite free Wi-Fi hacks, to keep you connected wherever you roam.


1. Add "?.jpg" at the end of any URL.

While waiting for a flight at the airport, skip the expensive Wi-Fi payment by adding “?.jpg” at the end of any URL. You will complete bypass the registration process and get straight to the internet for free. This trick often works in hotels as well.

2. Get around a payment firewall with your web browser.

Sometimes you can actually get around a payment firewall using your web browser.

  • For Chrome just click View > Developer > Developer Tools. Find the search bar on the page that appears and type in the following code for whatever URL you would like to view: window.location.href=”https.//www.google.com”
  • For Firefox click Menu > Developer > Web Console > Click the double0blue arrow on the bottom left of the screen and use: window.location.href=”https.//www.google.com”

3. Look for the password on Foursquare.

Source: Solution Venting Wordpress

In a new place and don’t know the Wi-Fi password? Just check the comment sections of the location on Foursquare, it’s highly likely someone has placed it there.

4. Know which locations offer free Wi-Fi.

Visit a Panera Bread, McDonald's, the Apple Store, Office Depot, Staples, or Courtyard Marriott where the Wi-Fi is always free.

5. Download these free Wi-Fi apps:

Source: Get Avast 

6. Visit Cable WiFi

At Cable WiFi, you can find locations where you can sign in to Wi-Fi using your cable service provider. The site shows Wi-Fi connections for cable providers like XFINITY, Times Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, and Optimum in over 200 thousand locations

7. Invest in an external airport.

Source: Apple.com

An external airport like the Apple AirPort Express turns your single wired service connection (like your cell phone) into a Wi-Fi Hotspot to have Wi-Fi anywhere.

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8. Tether your smart phone or device.

If you have Wi-Fi available on a phone or tablet, some services allow you to “tether” your internet to your computer. Check with your service provider to see if tethering is included in your data plan.

9. Sign up for a free 30 minute Wi-Fi trial.

Source: Lallous' Lab

Right before it ends delete your laptops cookies and start a new trial. Sometimes this can work without clearing your cookies by just setting the clock on your computer back an hour.

10. Click on partner pages when access airport Wi-Fi.

When using Wi-Fi at the airport click on Boingo’s partner pages as a quick way to bypass the payment page.

11. Visit Taiwan.

Source: Huffington Post

Okay, it's not exactly free, but they are the first country in the world to offer free Wi-Fi to all of its citizens and foreign tourists.

12. Or visit Estonia.

Estonia is another country that is becoming known for its “Internet Utopia” free Wi-Fi.

13. Know which hotels offer free Wi-Fi.

Source: Forbes

When choosing a hotel to stay in, remember Accor Hotels, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Loews Hotels, and Wyndham all offer free Wi-Fi to their guests.

14. Ask!

If you’re on a cruise and looking for a free Wi-Fi while at Port, just ask a crew member. They usually know all the free hotspots in each port.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.